Cablegate: Prison Visit: Mohamed Hesham S. Eldin Youssef
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UNCLAS CAIRO 002271
DEPT FOR CA/OCS/ACS/NESA WES REISSER
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: CASC PHUM EG YOUSSEF MOHAMED HESHAM ELDIN
SUBJECT: PRISON VISIT: MOHAMED HESHAM S. ELDIN YOUSSEF
REF: CAIRO 09049 AND PREVIOUS
1. Name: Mohamed Hesham S. Eldin Youssef
17. ACCESS: FEBRUARY 24, 2005
19. MISTREATMENT: NONE REPORTED THIS VISIT.
23. Remarks: Vice Consul and ACS LES visited Mr.
Youssef at Liman Torah Prison, south of Cairo. Subject
appeared to be in normal physical condition. He told us
he is ambivalent regarding our visits because after we
leave he is debriefed by Egyptian State Security
officers. He added, however, that, on balance, the
visits are useful, because they result in better
treatment for him and the other American prisoners.
24. Continuing with allegations of former mistreatment
by State Security, he said that in 2001 he had been
tortured by them and "the Embassy had done nothing."
Actually he has alleged torture on three occasions
since 2001. Each time, the Embassy sent a Diplomatic
Note to appropriate officials requesting an
investigation into his charges and a subsequent report
regarding their findings. Comment: To date post has
never received a response to the requests. End comment.
25. He has been tried and convicted of terrorism, and
added that he has not consulted his Egyptian attorney
regarding the issue since September, 2002, because he
feels it would be fruitless.